yes it is! one of my favourites - i literally spent 6 hrs waiting for the right light and the right hole to appear in the clouds before grabbing it. The hole finally opened up at sunset - perfect timing. I dont think this shot, taken from over 17kms away, could have been achieved with any other lens than the 500m ed professional.
I wonder if this wall has ever been climbed?
I *think* this face was climbed in 1986 by Voytek Kurtyka and Robert Schauer. They reached the summit ridge but were exhausted after 6 days on the face and descended without tagging the top. Greg Child and Tim Macartney-Snape reach the summit that year via the NW ridge, for the second ascent of the peak.
The first ascent (not this face) was in 1958, an Italian expedition led by Riccardo Cassin that put Walter Bonatti and Carlo Mauri on top, the most difficult high-altitude climbing done at that time. Fosco Maraini's book Karakoram is very highly recommended, one of the best mountaineering books ever written, IMHO.
that'scorrect nelson, voytek and rob did go up that prominent ridge then started the traverse to the summit but pulled up just 200 odd metres short in heavy weather. An impressive climb.
snape and greg child reached the top via the left hand skyline ridge, it was their account and pics that drove me initially to want to see Concordia. I brought greg to australia for a lecture tour in the late 90's and got a great first hand account of his trip
such information about climbing history should be put on the main page!